Mourne Heritage Trust

Granite Trail Extension

Funded by

Mourne Mountains Landscape Partnership (Heritage Lottery Fund)
NI Rural Development Programme (via the DRAP Local Action Groups)
NI Challenge Fund (Trail heads for the Granite Trail as well as interpretive panels on the Bogie Line)
The Granite Trail crosses lands owned by the Annesley Estate, National Trust and Forest Service


October 2014

Project Description

The original Bogie Line was built in 1824 to carry dressed stone from a quarry on Millstone Mountain to Newcastle Harbour, where it was exported from Newcastle harbour. In 2005, a trail was opened along the path of the original Bogie Line.

The Landscape Partnership project involved an extension to the trail which linked the 3 main quarries that serviced the Bogie Line (ie Millstone, Drinneevar and Thomas’s Mountain Quarries). This involved the creation of a new section of trail leading up to Drinneevar quarry as well as waymarking both the Donard and the Drinneevar loops.

On reaching the top of the Bogie Line, walkers now have the option of returning via (a) the Donard loop, passing Thomas’s Mountain quarry or (b) the Drinneevar loop, where many remnants of the industry remain in the landscape immediately around Drinneevar quarry. The latter loop involves a section of trail across the lower mountain slopes, followed by a section on forest roads.
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